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Arkells

Arkells are a Canadian rock band, formed in Hamilton, Ontario. In 2008, they signed with Dine Alone Records, home to other Canadian acts such as City and Colour, Bedouin Soundclash, Black Lungs and Cancer Bats. In late 2008, Arkells toured Canada as opening act for Matt Mays & El Torpedo.

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B.C. Camplight

BC Camplight is Brian Christinzio, from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Christinzio openly admits to being a fan of the song-writing of George Gershwin, Burt Bacharach and Todd Rundgren, whose influences all shine clearly through his debut long player ‘Hide, Run Away’ released in 2005 on One Little Indian. There’s also a big nod to Brian Wilson and Pet Sounds as Brain composed and arranged every note of the record as well as playing nearly every instrument himself. "If I could play drums well enough, I would have done that too” he said.

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Odds

The band named "Odds" was formed in Vancouver in 1987 by Craig Northey (vocals, guitar), Steven Drake (guitar, vocals), Doug Elliott (bass) and Paul Brennan (drums). The band moved to Los Angeles and later signed to Zoo Records. Neopolitan appeared in 1991; it was followed by Bedbugs, which featured the college hit "Heterosexual Man." In 1996 the band released Good Weird Feeling. Nest followed in 1998 and had a modest radio hit with "Someone Who Is Cool.

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Jully Black

Jully Black (born Jully Ann Inderia Gordon on November 8, 1979 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada) is a Canadian R&B singer of Jamaican heritage, and was brought up in the notorious Jane and Finch area of Toronto. Her given name is pronounced "JOO-lee". Black had a Top 40 hit on the Canadian charts in 1998 with "Rally'n". She has collaborated and written for many notable artists, including Nas, Missy Elliott, Saukrates, Choclair, Kardinal Offishall, Destiny's Child and Sean Paul. She has had subsequent hits with singles such as "You Changed" and "Between Me and U".

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Octoberman

“Won’t you come back home? Well, I don’t think so.” This telling exchange from Octoberman's “Run From Safety" (release date: Aug 21, 2007) epitomizes the ethos of Octoberman’s Marc Morrissette. In 2003, the itinerant songwriter abandoned his Vancouver home for travels through Asia and Europe. When Morrissette returned to North American shores, he arrived bearing a travel journal blackened with observations and reflections. These insights would soon become the basis of Octoberman’s outstanding 2005 debut, These Trails Are Old and New.

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MB

There is more than one artist with this name. 1) MB is an alias used by italian noise musician Maurizio Bianchi. 2) MB is an indie singer/songwriter whose album One Way Undone displays his recent changes in life and his views on the situation and self-acceptance. The album is his most personal yet lyrically and musically more consistant than his previous CD Anonymous. Features the two singles Evolve and Julien. His most recent album, Sneakers On A Telephone Wire, was released in 2007 under the name Mich

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Tom Savage

Tom Savage's Never Shed No Tears wins the prize as the surprise of the year thus far. First time through, I shrugged. Second time, I heard some things I liked. Third time, more. I'm on the tenth or eleventh listen now and it's at the top of my preferred listening stack. How it got there is a mystery. It's not the style, because I haven't quite figured out what it is yet. It doesn't seem like anything new, but with a voice somewhere between Mark Knopfler, Bruce Springsteen and Steve Young and a writing style which picks influences by the line instead of the song...

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